In The Mail: Lots of Goodies

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared any of the mail art I’ve received. I won’t go back and try to catch up, that would only serve to frustrate us both. Instead, I will share some of the most recent gems.

The Cracker Jack Kid, aka Chuck Welch, sent a piece he’d posted on Facebook, that I had expressed interest in receiving. It arrived damaged and I was unable to thoroughly read his message. Such is the organic nature of the beast that is mail art.

Jude Weirmeir who is responsible for Subscription Opus sent along a fun piece, but unfortunately it lost something in transit as well. The front seems to be missing its center “wheel.”

From the Stafford Studio in New Mexico came this anonymous gem, but the style is unmistakable. The inside of the envie reads, “RAW NAKED WISDOM DIRECT FROM THE SOURCE.”

Anna Banana Sent her most recent issue of the Banana Rag my way. Always a fascinating read!

Banana Rag

A couple of Valentines made an appearance, despite the fact that I did not send any out this year. They warmed the cockles of my cold, cold heart. (Brrrr….)

From Lucky Pierre in Charleston, South Carolina:

Lucky Pierre Valentine

From Jill Eudaly of You-R-Here:

You-R-Here Valentine Jill Eudaly

Thanks to everyone for brightening my mailbox! And warming my heart! 🙂

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Simplicity

Never before have I blogged a piece of mail art I received with the piece being returned to the sender. Not sure why. I guess it’s just been easier for me to go with incoming and outgoing.

Today, is the exception.

A simple white postcard arrived in my mailbox. One side was neatly addressed. The other side was typed using carbon paper. The purplish blue type, so unique in today’s correspondence told me this was no ordinary mail.

BhomasTrownI

My husband always gets the mail. He delights in producing mail art from the stack of bills and junk because my reaction is always giddy and over-the-top. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this in a stack of junk mail I was sorting!

At first, I thought maybe it was a happy accident. I did not recognize the name of the sender. Who was Thomas Brown? Where did he find me? It’s not so difficult, I admit, as I belong to so many mail art and letter writing groups. More intriguing even than the sender was the content.

The hubby said, “It must be from someone in the mail art community.” I wasn’t so sure. I sat on the piece over the weekend, just pondering the whole thing.

Then, yesterday morning, I pulled up IUOMA (The International Union of Mail Artists) and searched for Thomas Brown. A photo of a piece came up under the name, but then I noticed a Bhomas Trown in the registry! Surely, this must be him! I took a gander at his profile and the return address was the same!

Mystery solved! I admit to being slightly disappointed at reconciling the details so quickly. I truly expected it to be more challenging. Or did I learn more from reading all those Agatha Christie novels than I previously thought?

Taking a cue from the simplicity of Thomas’ postcard, I created ‘This Is Not White.’ It was inspired by a Clorox bleach campaign from a few years back.

This Is Not White I

When it came to the reverse side, I paid homage to the typewritten piece and the man behind it.

This Is Not White I (Back)

All bits were scraps left behind from other projects.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

The Eyes Have It!

Approximately eighteen months ago, I planned a mail art mystery. Then, life got in the way and I was unable to execute it. As luck would have it, I found the pieces just before taking a little trip late this past summer. The trip allowed me to follow through and divert suspicion from myself. Or so EYE thought.

Right Eye Self Portrait

Being disconnected from the cyber world for so long, I mailed the twelve postcards and promptly forgot all about them. A few days ago, I discovered that I had been found out!

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blogs/who-s-eye-is-this-who-dunnit

My friends at IUOMA have mad handwriting analysis skills! I wasn’t counting on the recognition factor. Next time, I must disguise my writing and cloak my puns.

As for the art, it was a piece I did in high school… way back in the day. I signed my artwork differently then and really thought this would keep folks off my trail. I scanned the original image and printed out twelve 4×6 postcards, numbering them accordingly. They were mailed to seven states domestically, but also to five other countries: Argentina, France, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands.

It will be some time before I attempt another mystery mailing. (Maybe I should brush up on my Agatha Christie first?) In the meantime, I am already preparing my first batch of mail art for 2014. Stop back to read more about it in an upcoming post.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!